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How to Fix Thin Homemade Mayo

author image Natalie Smith, Ph.D.
Natalie Smith is a technical writing professor specializing in medical writing localization and food writing. Her work has been published in technical journals, on several prominent cooking and nutrition websites, as well as books and conference proceedings. Smith has won two international research awards for her scholarship in intercultural medical writing, and holds a PhD in technical communication and rhetoric.
How to Fix Thin Homemade Mayo
Rich, homemade mayonnaise has a fresher flavor than the store-bought variety. Photo Credit: bit245/iStock/Getty Images

Store-bought mayonnaise is no substitute for rich, velvety homemade mayo. The beauty of homemade mayonnaise is that you can make it thick to use as a sandwich spread, or thin to use on a salad or as the base for a sauce. Making the mayonnaise is trickier than you might believe, however. If you add the oil too quickly or if you add too much oil, the sauce will break and become a thin, oily mess. But don't discard it; you can fix a thin or broken mayonnaise.

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Step 1

Whisk 2 tsp. of boiling water into the thin or broken mayonnaise. The water cooks the mayonnaise slightly, making it more solid. In addition, it will help to unify the ingredients in a broken mayonnaise.

Step 2

Whisk the mayonnaise for 2 minutes. If it does not come together and thicken, place an egg yolk in a clean bowl.

Step 3

Whisk the thin or broken mayonnaise slowly into the egg, one drop at a time. After the mayonnaise has begun to thicken, add the rest of the thin or broken mayonnaise in a stream, whisking as you add it.

Step 4

Whisk the mayonnaise until it reaches the desired consistency. Use immediately, or pour it into a clean jar and store it in the refrigerator for one to two days.

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